Information about Getting a Public Library Card
Getting a library card is very easy. As a resident of Polk County, library cards are available at no charge. Parent or guardian of child will need to bring in proof of identification and residency, such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill or insurance card to their local library to get a library card. Residents, property owners and business owners, employees and students of Polk County Public Schools and employees of Polk County Gov’t and Polk County college students may qualify for a free library card.
A Polk County library card is good at all 15 public libraries, including special collection libraries like the Historical Genealogical Library and Law Library located in Bartow. We have a bookmobile making 13 stops throughout Polk County and B-Mail (books-by-mail ) offering free home delivery service (anything you can find in your library can be delivered to your home).
To get the ball rolling, parents can go online to register for a library card (follow link below) and pick their card up at their library.
So what is High School Book Club? Mrs. Presnell picks novels for the students to read on their own and gives them each a copy. The students have a deadline of when to complete the book then take a test. Students who qualify are then given the opportunity to come to the media center for pizza during 5th period and have a discussion on the book. Students can choose which novels they want to read and can participate at any time during the year. Watch for coming titles for this year’s Miner Book Club.
Book Club Titles for the year:
- All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
- The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Ashton Brodi and Jodi Meadows
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Books
Middle school students can participate in this program by reading a minimum of 3 of these titles and taking an AR quiz on them. Passing those quizzes allows them to come to an ice cream party in the spring. Titles include:
- Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington
- Framed! by James Ponti
- The Girl in the Well is Me by Karen Rivers
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders
- It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
- The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
- Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
- The Nerdy Dozen by Jeff Miller
- The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
- Omega City by Diana Peterfreund
- Randoms by David Liss
- Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
- Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key
- The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubak Bradley
Florida Teens Read is a list of 15 titles that have been chosen by a committee of thirteen media specialists specifically to engage high school students in reading and reflect their interests as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.Teens are encouraged to read at least three of the titles on the current list. Click here to see the list on YouTube.
Accelerated Reading quizzes are open for all students to take. Students should be reading a minimum of 30 minutes at home each day. Stop by the media center and Mrs. Presnell will be glad to recommend a great book. March is our last month to take quizzes and earn points for our AR incentive, so don’t miss out!
Home Connect is an online resource that allows you to track your student’s progress in the Accelerated Reading program. This is the website to access Home Connect and each student received a letter with the log on information from their Reading teacher. We have also included some additional information from Renaissance to explain Home Connect in English and Spanish. Contact Mrs. Presnell if you need any further information or help accessing the site.
SlimeKids is a website for elementary and middle school-age kids with book trailers, educational games and literacy-related resources. Check it out!
- ePAT for EOC
- FAIR (Reading, Language Arts)
- FSA – Practice Test
- FSA – Student Comment Form
- FSA – TA Login
- TERC – Practice for ACT, SAT, EOC Alg 1, FSA ELA
Other Online Resources
- Citation Machine – allows students to type in information and create a variety of citations using different sources and different styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago…
- Polk County Schools Online Resources – a complete list of all resources provided by PCSB with a brief description of their purposes
- Florida Teens Read – a complete list of the Florida Teens Read books
- Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books